My primary picture grandfather is trying to teach his grandson about ham radio, you are never too young to love this hobby. Four years old is a good time to teach him cw... Future Ham? Maybe.
All cards direct, or via the bureau works for me. You will receive a qsl via these routes!
QSl direct, bureau, or via EQSL Plus QRZ.com. for DX stations only. Stateside direct, or EQSL.
We qsl 100% all requests received.
Love receiving paper cards for my collection, however if you require a confirmation use one of the four methods listed above.
List of awards:
DXCC Mixed 362, DXCC Phone 353, DXCC CW 326, DX Challenge, 5BDXCC, Honor Roll, DXCC 40 Meters 250, DX millenium
USA CA 2500, WPX MIxed 1784 prefixes., 5BWAS .WAZ all firsts in Henderson County.
I do not require S.A.S.E, or funds for you to obtain my qsl card, in holding with ham tradtions I prefer personal qsl cards for my collection, if you are in need to confirm Kentucky, Henderson County, or Grid EM 67, just send your card and I will reply for all state side contacts. My dx friends may send via the bureau or direct if you so desire.
I do not consider qsling to be a burden, rather it is part of ham radio traditons and I am from the old school.
I entered ham radio in 1956 at the young age of fifteen; my first rig was indeed very simple in comparison to my radio gear of today. In 1956 I had a Heathkit AT-1 and a Command BC 454 receiver. In those days you could buy these units for around five dollars war surplus and you had yourself a pretty hot receiver. Not much on selectivity, but they were good for AM and cw, the price was right.
During my first year of ham radio I managed to work thirty-seven states and several provinces of Canada, how thrilled I was to know my signal reached outside the United States from my hometown of Louisville, KY. The first thrill of working DX had just begun to sneak up on me.
The DX bug bit me in 1962 and I continued to chase the elusive and exotic stations on fifteen meters for several years. My first DXCC was earned in that year with my 100th country being logged as GD3UB on the Isle of Man. My rig then became more competitive with a three-element beam for 21 MHz and a Viking Valiant by Johnson,plus an RME 6900 receiver. I had to cut a few lawns for those items, plus working at the local Sears' store on a part time basis. I entered the TV broadcasting profession in 1962 and continued my formal training in electronics for the next three years.
I just kept adding to my country total, but in 1965 things stopped for a while, I got this nice letter from President Johnson telling me that your Uncle Sam needs you boy! My background in ham radio and the fact I knew CW was a big plus. I wound up in a communications unit at Ft Dix, New Jersey for the next eight months. I taught CW and Morse sending to other members of the unit and really felt good about it.
Upon my release from active duty I heard the sound of wedding bells and married my now wife Barbara in 1967 and I left Louisville to settle down in a smaller community of Henderson. Shortly after we bought our house my tower and antennas went up and the DX search began once again.
On March 7th 2010 I lost my wife to Leukemia after a three year battle. At age 69 I never thought I would marry again, but found another gem of a woman at my church in Henderson. We married each other on November 7, 2010.
As of 2015 my DXCC total is 362 confirmed on a mixed certificate, 350 on SSB and 320 on CW. I also hold five Band DXCC, plus five band WAC. Honor Roll, WAZ and the list goes on for many more certificates. My main bands of interest are 20, followed by 40 and six meters.
Mostly, I work twenty cw and can be found on 14,003 mhz around 1600z. On the rare times I work phone look for me from 14,150 to 14,175mhz. I do qsl to anyone sending a real qsl card. If you need Kentucky on twenty meters, forty meters, or six meters I am glad to oblige. If you are a County Hunter the county is Henderson and the grid is EM 67.
I have been hamming for over 59 years, lots of friends, many thousands of contacts, been a great hobby. Hope to cu down the log!
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